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We check in with people at each stage of the cash transfer process to see how things are going. Take a look at some of their stories as they appear here in real-time. Learn more about how recipients opt in to share their stories.
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Esther's family
access_time 3 days ago
Esther enrolled.
"One of my grandchildren is in secondary.Her school fees as well as all the other needs are all on me.With no source of income,it has always been very difficult for me to raise these funds and sometimes I resort to borrowing from neighbours.Having to meet all their needs at my age is the biggest hardship I have faced"
Victoreen's family
access_time 3 days ago
Victoreen received a $22 twelfth payment.
"I expect my life to change in the next six months in that, I will have built a chicken coop. I know that once my poultry farming project picks and starts generating good profits, I will now be able to meet most of my long term goals. I am planning to go back to college and the profits from this project will enable me to buy the necessary equipment and comfortably pay the college fees."
Sarah's family
access_time 3 days ago
Sarah received a $45 eighth payment.
"I do not expect my life to change so much very soon because I will be saving for my college education. I am planning to join college next year. I know that I am taking a big risk by making this decision but I am positive because I know that the skills which I will have gotten after doing the course will help me improve my life. I am certain that my future is bright and I will be living a good life."
Kadzo's family
access_time 3 days ago
Kadzo enrolled.
"Decent house, owning livestock and educating my children is what receiving this money means to me. Currently, I am just a house wife with no reliable source of income, a situation which has forced me to depend on my husband whose main job is charcoal burning. His job is very tiresome and its income cannot fully support our family needs, something that has made us to brave in our old grass thatched house and our children also have never started schooling despite they are of school age. GiveDirectly aid will reshape my life because, I plan to use the first transfer on constructing a good house for myself and to buy new beddings to replace the old ones. I will spend the second transfer to buy livestock and supporting my children's education."
Sidi's family
access_time 3 days ago
Sidi enrolled.
"Receiving this money means an opportunity to repair our house so that my co-wife can move back in with me. Her room was destroyed by the recent rainfall we experienced and she had to move into her son's house which is considered taboo in my community. We also plan to invest in livestock which can sell to meet our basic needs of food and medication when need arises. Lastly, we plan to buy mattresses for our beds so that we can sleep comfortably avoiding back pains that can hinder us from engaging in our daily activities. "
Bety's family
access_time 3 days ago
Bety enrolled.
"The biggest hardship is that my children frequently fall sick which sometimes finds me when I dont have any money for their medical treatment yet even just feeding is challenging."
Safari's family
access_time 3 days ago
Safari received a $540 second payment.
"The biggest difference in my daily life is that I now own a pair of an oxen that I acquired with the first transfer I received from GiveDirectly. They will help me in ploughing my farm on time since they take fewer days to plough an acre as compared to tilling myself. I believe I will get an increased harvest this time around because I was able to prepare my farm in time. Initially, I would be the last to cultivate my land because I was doing it by myself. I couldn't even afford to hire labor. I am glad I now have an oxen that will not only prepare my land on time but also use it to plough other people's farm which will earn me more income."
Hellen's family
access_time 3 days ago
Hellen received a $451 second payment.
"Life is different in that I have been able to pay my children's school fees and this has given me a peace of mind seeing them attending school. Before, children not being at school due lack of money brought a lot of stress in my mind. I am so grateful to GiveDirectly."
Janet's family
access_time 3 days ago
Janet enrolled.
"Receiving this money means that I will be in position to build my house and also educate my children."
Patrick's family
access_time 3 days ago
Patrick received a $451 second payment.
"My life has tremendously improved in that I'm an owner of three acres of land. In the past, I used to borrow money from SACCOS in order to rent agricultural land for cultivating my crops. It was always very difficult for me to carryout agriculture since I could only afford land in distant places. This in turn affected the crop productivity since I struggled to weed and harvest my crops on time due to the long distance hence leading to low harvest."